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Editorial Board: Students deserve more definitive response from renaming committee

In March of last year, the ASSU Undergraduate Senate and Graduate Student Council passed a resolution requesting that the University rename all places on campus that bear the name of Junipero Serra, the Spanish missionary who created and led the California mission system. At a Faculty Senate meeting that same month, former President John Hennessy…

Timeless Pain

It has been difficult figuring out how my perspective fits into the Junípero Serra renaming argument or how valid others will consider my opinion to be. As someone whose identity is strongly rooted in her Native culture but does not fit society’s preconceived notions of what indigeneity looks like, I always wonder how much of an impact my words will have on the ideas of my peers. But now I think it is time for me to speak.

On Serra and controversy

A student at a Catholic high school once asked me, if a cure were found years later for a miracle attributed to a saint, would the Catholic Church strip him or her of the title? The fact that we know something today does not change the fact that it was a very real miracle for those who experienced it at the time — miracles are tested against the natural or scientific laws of the day. This example, I believe, gets to the heart of the ASSU Undergraduate Senate’s request to cleanse Stanford of the name Junípero Serra. A slippery slope is created when the past is judged based on current values. A brief history lesson may be useful for those interested in what the ASSU Undergraduate Senate is attempting to do.